Legendary comedy troupe to perform at UNO

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Photo Courtesy of secondcity.com
Photo Courtesy of secondcity.com

Kelly Langin
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

The Second City Improv All-Stars will perform two shows at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Wednesday, March 9. The shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Chicago improv comedy troupe has launched the comedy careers for many, like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Bill Murray.

The group started almost 60 years ago as a small cabaret theatre and quickly grew into one of the most influential comedy theatres in the world. The group has won numerous awards in its lifetime, has many distinguisehed alumni and has even expanded to a sketch comedy television show in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The current cast of the touring company includes Aasia Lashay Bullock, Peter S. Kim, Katie Klein, Julie Marchiano, Lisa Beasley and Scott Morehead. They will perform an hour of improvised comedy during both shows.

The comedians are already veterans in the comedy community, performing solo and in other improv comedy troupes across the country before performing for Second City. Some of the comedians also have other comedic projects outside of Second City, like Bullock, who runs her own online series called “Solving Black People Problems the White People Way.”

The Second City E.T.C., the touring part of the group, also puts on other shows throughout the year. Most recently, “Hooking Up with The Second City” toured in Toronto for Valentine’s Day. The scripted show took a modern look at love and relationships while putting a comedic spin on situations.

Before that, the touring troupe took to stages in the Midwest and the South for “The Second City Hits Home.” This performance was personalized for every city the troupe visited, making fun of each specific city’s history and the quirks of its residents.

Tickets for the show are $30 for the general public, but free to current UNO students. Tickets will be available Feb. 22 on a first come, first served basis.

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